Good Day to You!
We are well on our way to the opening day of classes. You will be receiving a family packet in the mail later this week with all the information you need. For now, you can find the calendar under the "more" tab of this website. Thank you to everyone for getting those registrations completed. I know that all the Catechists are looking forward to getting back in the atrium with your children.
The date for the family picnic at Hamilton Park is October 2nd from 4 to 7. Please save the date! If you haven't received an evite to that, please let us know.
Have a wonderful day,
Registration for the upcoming school year will be posted by March 14th. We are upgrading our system so it can be done online.
It's been a very snowy winter! We hope you've all been enjoying your days off. While you were relaxing by the fire and sipping cocoa, we have been on a beautification program in level I. Lots of painting, decorating, and finishing the new space are now completed. We hope you like it!
Welcome back to another great year of Atrium! We are now mostly settled in our new space in the Valley Business Park. Our address is:
210 N 21st Street
Suites G and P
Purcellville, VA 20132
The first few classes have gone well, and we are delighted to be with your children again. We have some new Catechists to introduce to you.
On Wednesdays, Joanna Willard and Theresa Schlenz are in level I, and Jen has Caroline Vale and Emily Costello working with her.
On Tuesdays, Theresa Bruton has Ellen Bratrud in level I, and Caroline Vale is working in level II with Elizabeth McGuirk.
Thursday classes have Theresa Bruton as the Catechist with Sharon Liddicoat and Cheryl Forbes assisting.
Saturday brings BethAnn and Lilliana deCastro to level I, and Jen and Jill Soyka to level II.
We are so thankful to have all these new Catechists and Assistants! The five loved their training, and are now learning how to put it into practice. Feel free to contact them if you have questions about the training. Natia Meehan, from St. Catherine of Sienna, recently informed me that they will be offering a new level I part 1 course next August.
Blessings to you!
We have much to be thankful for!
1. Our Landlord has agreed to continue renting the building to us!!!
2. Because we don't have to move, we can have a summer Atrium program. More on this when we figure it all out.
3. Laura Accetullo from John XXIII Montessori in Front Royal is putting together a level I CGS training course. More on this when the details are finalized. Anyone who would like to attend the training should notify one of our Catechists so we can get you on the list.
4. We love Atrium!!!
5. Registration information will be finalized by mid-February, so direct your friends to the website to sign up.
Please continue to pray for this program and all who are involved in it. Thanks so much,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
We are half way through the year in our new space, and things are progressing very well. All the classes have settled in beautifully. The children are so comfortable in the Atrium and seem to love to be here. They come in and get directly to work on their own, and soon everyone is asking for presentations. The morning flies by and soon it is time to say farewell. Oh to have more time!
We had a wonderful Epiphany celebration and procession last week with both levels I and II together. They worked well together and the prayer room accommodated everyone just fine. It is such a joy to have a space that works so well.
A word about our Assistants...we could not do this without you! Your kindness and attentiveness to the children is absolutely vital to making this all work. You are fabulous, and for this we thank you.
Next month, we will have more information on the future in regards to whether or not we can keep our space, class dates and times, Catechist training, and a possible summer program. For now, just pray that God's hand will be upon all of this, and that our hearts will be open to whatever He has in store for this program.
We are five weeks into the year and things are going well! The children are settling in, and the new space is working out beautifully. It is so nice to go to class and see everybody happily working. We thank you for allowing us to work with your children...it is truly inspiring to observe them in this environment, and to be with them as they encounter our Lord in their work.
Last Saturday, we had 4 ladies clean the house and about 15 parents and youth come to clean up the yard. How cool is that?!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to help. Many hands make small work...that's what my grandma used to say.
We are presently working out a "Child Safety in the Atrium" plan. This plan will include injury protocol, front door and porch safety, and fire protocol and drills. Once completed, the plan will be emailed to parents.
Our new space for The Joyful Child Atrium is located at 151 N Hatcher Ave, Purcellville, VA 20132. We are busy working on the yard, getting rooms painted, and working our way through the paperwork. Our last hurdle is to pass the Occupancy inspections. Please keep this process in your prayers...it's our last hurdle in getting up and running.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have come out! Your help is much appreciated and needed.
We’ve been working with both parishes to work out an agreeable approach to sacrament preparation. Thankfully, the priests and DREs have been very open and helpful in this process. Both parishes have agreed to allow the children to do their prep in Atrium, along with a few requirements of their own. Jen can give you more details about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for sacrament prep if you are interested. Below you will find the details for each parish.
Saint Francis: (From Melissa Gobs) Father Escalante is happy to allow any families who would like to put their children in CGS (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) to do so for First Communion Preparation provided the parents attend our sacramental parent meetings, students attend our retreats (there are 2 retreats 1 for First Penance, and the 2nd for First Communion), and that the students receive their sacraments with our group on the scheduled dates for First Reconciliation and First Communion. (I assume you will also have to pay the sacrament fee.)
Saint Johns: (From Diana Solomon) The children should be registered in the religious education program here at the beginning of their second grade year. They do not need to attend classes or do the home school program unless you would like to do it. The children will need to attend the Penance workshops and the First Communion Retreat, and parents will need to attend the parent meetings during the year. The children will learn and practice the mechanics of both Confession and First Communion at the retreats. On the registration form, they should use the "new" student form and write on the form where I can see it "Atrium" so I'll know who they are and that they only need to pay the sacrament fee and not be placed in a class.
One of our aims for The Joyful Child Atrium is to remain in solidarity with the parishes. We are very thankful that Fr. Mosimann and Fr. Escalente are willing to work with us as we strive to build the CGS program.